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Last updated at 11:59 BST, Thursday, 15 October 2009


A woman shopping

Are you buying more than you need or can afford...?

Many people find it difficult to curb their spending and buy more than they need and can afford on a regular basis. In today's programme, Kate and Rebecca try to understand why we spend money, our emotional response to it and the first step in how to control it.

This week's question: According to some sources, what percentage of the population are shopaholics? Is it:

a) 1%

b) 10%

c) 50%

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme!

Listen to the programme



tightening our belts

spending less money than before

retail therapy

when we go shopping and buy ourselves things in order to feel happier

debt culture

when people live off credit and spend money they do not actually have by using credit cards and borrowing from the bank


people who are compulsive shoppers and can't stop themselves buying things


belief and confidence in how we feel about ourselves


the way you feel at a particular time


something which disappears slowly